MEET THE TEAM

Each individual on The Blanchard Institute’s recovery team is extremely passionate about the work we do. Everyone brings with them their own unique set of skills and experience, and together, we form an unstoppable team that’s dedicated to helping our patients.

We look forward to being a part of your recovery journey.

Ward Blanchard, MA, MBA, CCS, LCAS – Founder/CEO

Ward Blanchard, MA, MBA, CCS, LCAS FOUNDER & CEO

Ward has become one of the most prominent mental health and Substance Use Disorder professionals in the country for his innovative work with clients and their family systems.

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Allison Christie, MBA, MA, CAI-I, CadC-I Chief Administrative Officer

Allison was instrumental in the establishment of The Blanchard Institute in early 2016 and continues to lead the team as the Chief Administrative Officer.

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Judy Goodwin COMMUNITY RELATIONS director

Judy Goodwin brings 24 years of knowledge and experience working as an Admissions Coordinator in the field and is well connected to the community and behavioral health industry.

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Tracy Sosebee, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A, NCC, R-DMT ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR

Tracy discovered her passion for Admissions early in her career and enjoys meeting and guiding clients through the front end of treatment and advocating for them through managed insurance coverage.

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Shelley Wood, BA Admissions Coordinator

Shelley lends understanding and compassion as clients begin their search for the treatment center where they’ll begin their journey to recovery.

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Alexis Walters admissions coordinator

ALEXIS WALTERS, ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Alexis grew up in Southern California before making her move to North Carolina. Alexis earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

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Julie Hatfield admissions coordinator

Julie Hatfield, MA, LCMHC Admissions Coordinator

Julie provides a safe, compassionate setting for her assessments and her goal is to truly hear the unique story and needs of each client, and plant seeds of hope.

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Karen Mittler admissions coordinator

KAREN MITTLER, Admissions Coordinator

Karen was excited to join the behavioral health field, after a decade in health care administration. She enjoys bringing the human touch to a seemingly overwhelming and impersonal process.

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Mika Rhodes office administrator

MIKA RHODES, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

As the Office Administrator and first point of contact, Mika’s goal is to remain grounded and be that safe landing place as our clients take those brave first steps toward a new way of living/being.

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Jennifer Wolfe office administrator

JENNIFER WOLFE, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Jennifer has a strong desire to help those in need and is passionate about leaving an impact on those around her. She understands the impact of recovery and success people have once they break through the cycle of addiction.

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Stacey Surratt clinical manager

STACEY SURRATT, MS, MT-BC, LCAS, CSI CLINICAL MANAGER

Stacey works from a relationship-based approach and enjoys incorporating creativity and multi-sensory tools into therapy sessions as a way to fully engage and retain growth from participation in the treatment process.

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Brittany Hammonds clinical manager

Brittany HAMMONDS, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS CLINICAL MANAGER

Brittany is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical addiction specialist, and a certified clinical supervisor.

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Annie Morse CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Annie has a passion to help others around her, specifically in the field of Mental Health, and helps the team maintain the high standards of compliance required of their Joint Commission Accreditation.

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Ashlee Lewis clinical assistant

ASHLEE LEWIS, MA, LCMHC-A, NCC CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Ashlee has worked in several areas within the mental health field but found a passion within the area of substance abuse.

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Brittany Bolden, BA, NCC CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Brittany is currently working on her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University.

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Johanna Bennett-Prettenhofer | Primary Therapist at The Blanchard Institute

JOHANNA BENNETT-PRETTENHOFER, LCAS, LCMHC-A, CCS, CCTP, ICAADC PRIMARY THERAPIST

Johanna uses an eclectic approach when counseling, and believes that everyone deserves happiness and that everyone has the capacity to learn how to be happy.

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Raymond Castillo primary therapist

RAYMOND CASTILLO, MA, LCAS-A, PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ray believes every individual, couple or family are unique and deserve the opportunity to explore their recovery with an approach that works for them as a unit.

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Willough Davis | Clinical Assistant at The Blanchard Institute

WILLOUGH DAVIS, LCAS-A, LCMHC-A PRIMARY THERAPIST

Willough has a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with substance use disorders and their family members.

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Elba Acosta primary therapist

ELBA ACOSTA, LCSW, LCAS PRIMARY THERAPIST

Elba is a Licensed clinician social work associate and a Licensed clinician addiction specialist with over 19 years of experience. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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Samanda Stevenson | Clinical Assistant at The Blanchard Institute

SAMANdA STEVENSON, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A, CTP

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Samanda’s awareness of the intersection between substance abuse and mental health with the criminal justice system inspired her to pursue a career in addiction counseling.

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Janaesia Floyd primary therapist

JANAESIA FLOYD, MSW, LCAS-A, LCSWA

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Janaesia is a licensed clinical social worker associate and a licensed clinical addiction specialist associate. She believes in promoting the strengths perspective to serve the individualized needs of clients.

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Courtney Herrera primary therapist

COURTNEY HERRERA, MS, LCAS-A, LCMHC-A, NCC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Courtney has a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with substance use disorders, military members, and their families. She has experience working with medical detoxification treatment therapy.

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Stacey “Grace” Cruz,  MA, LCMHC, LCAS, EMDR-C EMDR Therapist

Grace is passionate about using evidenced-based treatments, as she believes this gives clients the best opportunities for healing and growth in the most efficient manner possible.

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Emily Nelson CASE MANAGER

Emily’s passion to help those struggling with the disease of addiction and mental health comes through her own interest in the field, as well as her own journey to recovery.

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Jacquanna Dickey | Clinical Coordinator at The Blanchard Institute

JACQUANNA DICKEY, MS, CADC PROGRAM MANAGER

Jacquanna believes that involving the individual’s family in their treatment process is important when understanding the thought and behavioral patterns that may contribute to their addiction.

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Blake Floyd | Recovery Technician at The Blanchard Institute

Blake Floyd, CADC-I PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Blake feels he has found his true calling in the field of substance use and co-occurring disorders and through his own journey has become drawn to helping others.

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Bill Boyle

BILL BOYLE, FINANCE DIRECTOR

Bill Boyle is from Northern Virginia and has been working the behavioral health field since 2017. He obtained his Masters of Accounting degree from George Mason University.

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Darin Williamson | HR Coordinator at The Blanchard Institute

DARIN WILLIAMSON, CPSS HR Coordinator

Dedicated to lifting others up, Darin looks forward to building a stronger community based on recovery and helping to erase the social stigmas of addiction.

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Angela Opalak

ANGELA OPALAK, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Angela Opalak has over two decades of experience providing skillful leadership, direction and solutions for all aspects of healthcare practice management. She was an integral part in assisting in the launch of The Blanchard Institute in 2017…

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Monique Varnadore BILLING SPECIALIST

Monique holds a Medical Billing and Coding Certification with over 6 years of Revenue Cycle billing Experience.

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Jennifer Cassidy | Revenue Cycle Specialist at The Blanchard Institute

JENNIFER CASSIDY, BA, MAS REVENUE CYCLE SPECIALIST

Jenny brings over 7 years of extensive revenue cycle billing and insurance collections experience with her to the TBI team.

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Jane Ritz | The Blanchard Institute

JANE RITZ, RYT200 Creatives

Jane Ritz specializes in reprogramming the traumatic effects of this event called “Life”—reconnecting us with our joyful and courageous nature to follow our life purpose and passion.

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Corrie Thomas, MS, RD, LD/N Nutritionist

Corrie has seen first hand the importance of nutrition as a key component to recovery, and enjoys working with clients and simplifying nutrition for their individual needs.

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Amanda Freels | Yoga Instructor at The Blanchard Institute

Amanda Freels Yoga

Amanda’s belief is that we have a deep well of wisdom and joy within ourselves, and one way to access that inner guidance and Truth is through the body,

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Gibbs TOur & Therapy Dog

Gibbs was drawn into the field of substance abuse and behavioral health after her own personal recovery from a process addiction with chewing shoes and furniture.

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